Brushing and Flossing: Their Influence on Your Smile

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Building your best smile is possible if you’re willing to take the necessary steps. With only a few minutes a day, you can transform your mouth from below-average hygiene levels and take it to a tip-top mouth masterpiece. This includes twice-daily brushing your teeth and at least once a day cleaning out the areas between your teeth. Flossing is essential because it can reach areas between your teeth brushing alone cannot.

When selecting your toothbrush, look for a brush with soft bristles that will not be overly abrasive. With your floss, select a product that is shred-resistant, so it will not fray when being used. Take the time to improve your toothbrush as often as possible. If for any reason your toothbrush should ever become contaminated, it can cause more damage to your teeth and gums. This includes cross-contamination by storing your toothbrush in an area with other toothbrushes. In addition, you can do harm by allowing others to use your toothbrush or even using someone else’s toothbrush. Furthermore, always store your toothbrush in an area where moisture cannot be allowed to develop.

Building your best smile includes a sturdy combination of flossing and brushing. Once you have your brushing under control with adequate techniques, focus on your flossing methods as well. This includes using the right products and using the right products effectively. If you choose to use dental floss that is threaded, make sure it is long enough to avoid contamination by using a different section between each and every tooth. As an alternative, easier-to-operate tool, water flossers can be used. Instead of using thread, they use beams of water to rinse out the areas between teeth.

Seeking a better smile and better oral health is possible by cleaning your teeth and gums. To schedule an oral exam or professional cleaning with Dr. Timothy Dinkelman and our team at our dentist office in Lincoln, Nebraska, please contact Northridge Dental LLC at 402-477-1177.